NZ Cheese Month

October is Cheese Month

Celebrating NZ Cheese in October 2018

Kiwis have more opportunities for cheese tasting than you can roll a wheel of cheese at this month as the country’s cheesemakers celebrate their craft. Every October the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA) members host a variety of tastings, inviting cultured Kiwis to events across the country to meet cheesemakers and taste their wares.

With more than 40 events and specialist cheesemaker tastings across the country it is difficult to highlight a few However, here are four which have caught our attention:

Throughout October

Social Media Giveaways

Giveaways on the Cheese Lovers NZ Facebook @CheeseLoversNZ and the Cheese Lovers NZ Instagram @CheeseLoversNZ will be giving away gourmet NZ cheese hampers to people who share images of NZ cheese using the hashtag #cheeseloversnz

Wednesday 26 September

Saltwater Bar & Kitchen, Tahunaui, Nelson, 6pm – 7.30pm | Cheesemakers Cranky Goat, Thorvald and ViaVio host an evening with cheese educator, Juliet Harbutt. Tickets  www.eventbrite.co.nz

Thursday 27 September

Vines Village Café, Blenheim, 6pm – 7.30pm | Cheesemakers Cranky Goat, Thorvald and ViaVio host an evening with cheese educator, Juliet Harbutt. Tickets $55 www.eventbrite.co.nz

Monday 1 October

Waimata Cheese Giveaways

Follow Waimata Cheese on Facebook and Instagram @waitmatacheese to learn about their Cheese Month giveaway …and don’t forget to follow us @cheeseloversnz and tag #cheeseloversnz while you’re there!

Tuesday 2 October

Over the Moon Dairy cheese and wine at Lauriston Park Cambridge

4.30pm. Tickets from Cambridge Fine Wines

Wednesday 3 October

“Ask Me Anything” Facebook Live Chat @ 8pm

“Ask Me Anything” live chat with cheesemaker and tutor for the New Zealand Cheese School, Neil Willman. Calling all cheese enthusiasts – this is your chance to ask Neil Willman anything about making, eating or using cheese. Neil is one of Australasia’s foremost cheese educators and international cheese judge – a walking encyclopedia of cheese knowledge!

Traiteur the European Butchery, Christchurch

Join the team for a Cranky Goat cheese and wine tasting

Friday 5 October

Cheese tasting matched with beer, cider, sloe gin and sake

79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North, 6.00 – 7.30pm | Join Juliet Harbutt for a cheese tasting introduction to artisan cheeses from near and far. Pair them with more unusual partners including beer, cider, sloe gin and sake. For more detail https://www.thecheeseweb.com/

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series

Meet the Whitestone Cheese Co. cheesemaker, taste their delicious cheese and hear their stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese! Starting at 2pm, Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Zev Kaka-Holtz from Grinning Gecko Moore

Grey Lynn, 11am – 1pm

Saturday 6 October

Over the Moon Dairy halloumi cheesemaking demonstration and tasting 

Huckleberry Mt Maunganui 11am and 12.30pm .30| For details see Over the Moon Dairy Facebook.

Waimata Cheese specials and tasting at Gisborne Farmer’s Market

Join Waimata Cheese at the Gisborne Farmer’s Market for specials and cheese tastings | Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Viavio

Grey Lynn, 10am – 2pm

Tuesday 9 October

The Great Unwashed Washed Rind Challenge

Sabato, Auckland | From 11am. Free to enter. Must be a new soft cheese. Must be made from animal rennet. Must be washed in beer. The winning cheese will go on the menu at The Sugar Club, 53rd floor of the Sky Tower. A range of the challenger cheese will be on sale at Sabato throughout October.

Wednesday 10 October

Over the Moon Cheese perfectly paired with Man o War Wines

Farro, Constellation Drive, Auckland, 7.30pm – 9pm

Sue Arthur from Over The Moon will match their cheeses with a selection of Man ‘O War wines from Waiheke Island. Tickets are $30 from Farro Constellation Drive, numbers are limited.

Thursday 11 October

Over the Moon Cheese perfectly paired with Man o War Wines

Farro, Mt Eden Drive, 7.30pm – 9pm

Sue Arthur from Over The Moon will match their cheeses with a selection of Man ‘O War wines from Waiheke Island. Tickets are $30 from Farro Mt Eden, numbers are limited.

Sourdough Workshop with Libby Moon in Gisborne

Waimata Cheese bring you a special Sourdough Workshop with Libby Moon in Gisborne | See waimatacheese.co.nz for details

Friday 12 October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Whitestone Cheese talks Shenley Station Blue

Constellation Drive, 3pm – 5pm

Saturday 13 October

Waimata Cheese specials and tasting at Gisborne Farmer’s Market

Join Waimata Cheese at the Gisborne Farmer’s Market for specials and cheese tastings | Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Puhoi Valley Cheese Co.

Come into the store and taste some of their decadent cheeses.
Grey Lynn, 11am – 1pm

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Viavio

Lunn Ave, 10am – 2pm

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Whitestone Cheese talks Shenley Station Blue

Constellation Drive, 11am – 1pm

Cranky Goat Cullensville Gold Launch

Official Launch of Cullensville Gold – Washed Rind washed in Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc. Cullensville Gold is a favourite at local markets and will be on the Cranky Goat cheese list for the season.

Sunday 14 October

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series

Meet The Drunken Nanny’s cheesemaker, taste their delicious cheese and hear their stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese! Starting at 10am, Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Puhoi Valley Cheese Co.

Come into the store and taste some of their decadent cheeses.
Epsom, 11am – 1pm

Wednesday 17 October

City Mission Charity Event

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington | For more details https://www.thecheeseweb.com/

Thursday 18 October

Cheese & Beer Tasting with Urbanaut & NZ Cheese

Discover the best cheeses the season has to offer with a complimentary selection of Urbanaut beers. The selection will feature cheeses of different styles and milks, touching on the various techniques involved in making them. Taste some of Urbanaut’s solid core range of tasty beers along with some new special releases.

Foxtrot Parlour Cafe, Ponsonby Central, 7 Richmond Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. Thursday 18 October 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets essential $50 per person from Eventfinda

Friday 19 October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Barrys Bay Cheese’s Daniel Shields

Daniel Shields, the owner of Barrys Bay Cheese, will be taking people through the different flavour profiles of his cheeses and the techniques involved with creating the flavours and textures their cheeses are renowned for. Daniel will be bringing one of their 36kg cloth bound cheddars as a centre-piece to these talks.

Grey Lynn, 3pm – 5pm

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series

Meet the Whitestone Cheese Co.’s cheesemaker, taste their delicious cheese and hear their stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese! Starting at 10am, Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Saturday 20 October

Waimata Cheese specials and tasting at Gisborne Farmer’s Market

Join Waimata Cheese at the Gisborne Farmer’s Market for specials and cheese tastings | Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th October

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series – Double Feature!

This weekend is a double feature showcasing Over the Moon and Meyer. Taste delicious cheese and hear their cheesemakers’ stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese!

Meet Over the Moon’s cheesemaker starting at 10am and Meyer’s cheesemaker starting at 1pm, Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Barrys Bay Cheese’s Daniel Shields

Daniel Shields, the owner of Barrys Bay Cheese, will be taking people through the different flavour profiles of his cheeses and the techniques involved with creating the flavours and textures their cheeses are renowned for. Daniel will be bringing one of their 36kg cloth bound cheddars as a centre-piece to these talks.

Lunn Ave, 11am – 1pm

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Viavio

Epsom, 10am – 2pm

Sunday 21 October

Third Annual Oxford Farmers Market Amateur Cheesemaking Contest

Oxford Farmers Market, Main Street, Oxford | Entries registered by 9am. No entry fee, but gold coin donation appreciated. Cheese judged at 10am. You can register as a taster for a gold coin donation. 9.30am ‘Experiencing Cheese’ talk by Martin Aspinwall of Canterbury Cheesemongers. For more detail contact Andrea Gauland of Little Farm Goat Dairy Cheese littlefarmcheese@gmail.com

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series

Meet the Meyer cheesemaker, taste their delicious cheese and hear their stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese! All day at Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Friday 26 October

Moore Wilson’s Fresh Cheese Tasting Series

Meet the Massimo’s cheesemaker, taste their delicious cheese and hear their stories – all while you’re at Moore Wilson’s Fresh picking up some NZ artisan cheese! Starting at 10am, Moore Wilson’s Fresh Wellington

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | The Drunken Nanny’s Amanda Goodman  

Come in to store and meet Amanda Goodman, owner and cheesemaker of the Drunken Nanny, who will be tasting her award-winning goat cheese which is handcrafted in Martinborough.

Constellation Drive, 11am – 1pm

Grey Lynn, 3pm – 5pm

Saturday 27 October

Waimata Cheese specials and tasting at Gisborne Farmer’s Market

Join Waimata Cheese at the Gisborne Farmer’s Market for specials and cheese tastings | Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | Viavio

Constellation Drive, 10am – 2pm
Epsom, 10am-2pm

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | The Drunken Nanny’s Amanda Goodman  

Come in to store and meet Amanda Goodman, owner and cheesemaker of the Drunken Nanny, who will be tasting her award-winning goat cheese which is handcrafted in Martinborough.

Orakei, 11am – 1pm
Lunn Ave, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Mt Eden, Sunday 28th October, 10am – 12pm

Epsom – Sunday 28th October, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Sunday 28 October

Farro’s Meet the Cheesemaker Series | The Drunken Nanny’s Amanda Goodman  

Come in to store and meet Amanda Goodman, owner and cheesemaker of the Drunken Nanny, who will be tasting her award-winning goat cheese which is handcrafted in Martinborough.

Mt Eden, 10am – 12pm
Epsom, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

 

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